January 12, 2015

Jan. 12

January 12, 2015:  Monday, 1st week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Angel' pin: Christ is superior to the angels (1st reading); let God's angels worship him (psalm)
  • Green in socks, shirt, and suspenders: Ordinary Time begins (but Sally wins in the Ordinary Time footwear category)
  • 'Scales of justice' pin: The Lord, just King (psalm)
  • 'Hand' tie pin:  God's Kingdom is at 'hand' (gospel)
  • 'Boat' tie bar:  From the boat, they left their nets and followed Jesus (gospel)
  • 'Phone' tie bar:  Jesus 'called' Simon, Andrew, James, John... (gospel)
Listen


Read
Fishermen / people-fishers
(animate)
  • Heb 1:1-6  God spoke through the prophets, but now he spoke through the Son, his imprint and the refulgence of his glory.  He took his seat at the Father's right hand, superior to angels.  God never said "Your are my Son" or "I'll be a father to him" to an angel.  "Let all angels worship him."
  • Ps 97:1, 2b, 6, 7c, 9  "Let all his angels worship him."  Rejoice; the Lord is glorious, just king, the Most High.
  • Mk 1:14-20  Jesus proclaims God's Gospel at Galilee:  “The Kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”  Seeing fishermen Simon and Andrew:  “Come after me, and I'll make you fishers of men.”  They left their nets and followed him.  Seeing James and John mending their nets, he called them too, and they left the hired men and their father and followed him.
Reflect
    • Creighton:  Daily busyness can overwhelm New Year's resolutions, but that won't fulfill our hopes.  Recall how Simon, Andrew, James, and John left their nets to follow Jesus and ask what needs to be left behind to be free to walk with Jesus, open to his transformative power.
    • One Bread One Body:  "Gone fishin'":  It takes skill and hard work to catch fish.  The more often they cast the net and the longer they worked, the better their chances were.  Fishing for people—evangelizing—is similar, requiring frequent work to lead others to Christ.  Throw the net; Jesus will provide the fish.
    • Passionist:  Fish help us understand the spiritual consciousness.  Water represents consciousness, and fish symbolize the content of the inner world.  Fish are hard to see but with patience and skill can be caught and can nourish.  The kingdom of God at hand is within us, like fish in water, but we don't pay attention to it.  May we catch those inner-fish and snag the rich harvest.
    • DailyScripture.net:  'Gospel' = 'good news.'  Kings sent heralds to deliver good news. God sent prophets to announce the Messiah's coming.  Jesus preaches the good news that the kingdom is at hand.  'Kingdom' = 'sovereignty,' 'reign,' power to 'rule.'  The prophets announced God would establish a universal kingdom.  'Son of Man' is a title for Messiah ('Christ,' 'Anointed [King]').  God sent his Son to bring us into his kingdom of truth, justice, and peace.   The good news is of peace, hope, truth, promise, immortality, and salvation; it can't be silenced.  We must repent (change) and believe to enter, then gather people in.  Jesus chooses ordinary people like smelly fishermen.  God can use me if I allow him to shine through me. 
      • Marguerite Bourgeoys, founded Congregation of Notre-Dame de Montréal, still running schools worldwide; see Wikipedia.
      • Benet (Benedict) Bishop, monk, taught St. Bede